"I felt like I was going to be a top-10 pick in the lottery and I felt like it was something I couldn't pass up," Alec Burks said.
Burks said he plans to sign with an agent, which would prevent him from returning to school. However, he said he might wait until the deadline to withdraw from the draft before doing so.
Burks led the Colorado in scoring with 20.5 points a game this season and also was the team's leading rebounder, averaging 6.5 rebounds a game.
"The role of myself and our staff and our players over the last couple weeks has not been in recruiting, it's been in supporting him," coach Tad Boyle said.
Boyle praised Burks for how he has handled myriad distractions throughout the course of the year.
"He has handled it as well as any young man could have handled it," Boyle said.